Russian hackers who penetrated sensitive parts of the White House computer system last year read President Barack Obama's unclassified emails, the New York Times reported on Saturday, quoting U.S. officials. "There is no evidence that the president's email account itself was hacked, White House officials said. Still, the fact that some of Mr. Obama's communications were among those retrieved by hackers has been one of the most closely held findings of the inquiry," the paper said. A White House spokeswoman declined to comment on the report but the White House earlier this month confirmed the breach, saying it took place last year and that it did not affect classified information.
It’s very common these days for tech companies Google and Microsoft to offer hackers and security researchers big bucks if they’re able to find security vulnerabilities that could pose serious threats to important software and services. Google in particular often hosts its own hacking competition where the search giant puts millions of dollars on the line for anyone savvy enough to skirt around Google’s built-in security schemes. Recently, one security researcher found a number of high-level vulnerabilities on Groupon’s website. Groupon promptly patched the security holes but, as it turns out, is refusing to pay him. Here’s why. DON’T MISS: Google Maps trolls Apple in the most unbelievably inappropriate way A security researcher who goes by the name BruteLogic recently uncovered upwards of 32
From the expansion of its one-hour delivery service to new cities to the testing of product deliveries directly to customer car trunks and the expansion of its ecosystem of apps and streaming content, the first quarter found Amazon on a typically productive footing. The scope of that activity – which included things like the company’s studio arm greenlighting new seasons of original shows like “Mozart in the Jungle” and launching new features around some of the company’s hardware offerings – also sheds light on how the e-commerce behemoth plans to spend the rest of 2015. Based on its at times dizzying operational pace during the just-ended three-month period for which Amazon reported earnings Thursday, which included revealing for the first time
By Lindsay Dunsmuir and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Loretta Lynch won Senate approval as U.S. attorney general on Thursday, becoming the first black woman to occupy the post at a time when deadly altercations between white police and unarmed black men are making headlines. The Senate confirmed Lynch by a vote of 56-43 to end a five-month partisan deadlock over her nomination by President Barack Obama. Obama said Lynch, the 55-year-old U.S. attorney for Brooklyn, New York, had credibility with both law enforcement and the communities they police. Taking over the Justice Department from Attorney General Eric Holder, Lynch also will face early tests on financial cases alleging some of the world's largest banks helped clients evade U.S. taxes and manipulated currency markets.
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — A new Pentagon cybersecurity strategy lays out for the first time publicly that the U.S. military plans to use cyberwarfare as an option in conflicts with enemies.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday that America will be better off now that the Senate has "finally" confirmed Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. Attorney General, according to a White House statement. Obama cited criminal justice reform, cybercrime and national security among issues that Lynch will address. Lynch, 55, is the first black woman to become the top U.S. law enforcement official. (Reporting By Julia Edwards; Editing by Sandra Maler)
By Phil Stewart PALO ALTO, California (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday disclosed a cyber intrusion this year by Russian hackers who accessed an unclassified U.S. military network, in a episode Defense Secretary Ash Carter said showed the growing threat and the improving U.S. ability to respond. Carter cited the newly declassified incident during an address at Stanford University, in which he also warned the Pentagon was ready to help defend America's networks and to use cyber weaponry, if needed. The doctrine was articulated in a new Pentagon cyber strategy unveiled on Thursday. Carter said that sensors guarding the Pentagon's unclassified networks detected the intrusion by Russian hackers, who discovered an old vulnerability that had not been patched.
Free public Wi-Fi hotspots are terrific. They offer users quick and reliable Internet connections where cellular reception is spotty. And even in areas with strong cellular signals, users can connect their phones, tablets and laptops to public Wi-Fi hotspots in order to conserve data on their mobile plans and steer clear of those pesky data caps. Of course, there is one problem with public Wi-Fi networks, and it’s a big one: They’re completely open, which means any data you send or receive while connected to these networks is vulnerable and can easily be stolen by hackers. DON’T MISS: Galaxy S6 vs. iPhone 6 face off in performance tests – and the results may shock you There are plenty of guides out
By Lindsay Dunsmuir and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to limit debate on the nomination of Loretta Lynch to become President Barack Obama's next attorney general in a procedural move intended to end a five-month deadlock that made her wait longer for confirmation than the last seven attorneys general combined. She has awaited confirmation since November when Obama, a fellow Harvard Law School graduate, nominated her to replace Eric Holder. He was expected to step aside early next week so Lynch can take over as head of the U.S. Justice Department. As attorney general, her earliest tests would likely include handling civil rights cases stemming from deadly altercations between police and unarmed black men in several U.S. cities.
Every once in a while you see a phone that’s so impressive you can’t ignore it, even if you know it’s not going to be your next phone. Such is the case with the Turing Phone, a Lollipop-powered Android handset that’s not only supposed to be more durable than any other smartphone on the planet, it’s also seemingly far more secure than rival handsets. DON’T MISS: How to sign up for Google’s daring ‘Project Fi’ wireless service right now As CNET reports, the Turing Phone, made by Turing Robotic Industries, is made by liquidmorphium and it features advanced data security. Liquidmorphium isn’t the metal injected into Wolverine’s body. It’s an “amorphous alloy of zirconium, copper, aluminum, nickel and silver,” and it has an atomic structure that’s more like
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